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Three Must-See Books in Our New York Gallery in Autumn 2014

Visiting New York for the holiday season? Here are three of our favorite rare books on display at our gallery on Madison Avenue. Edward Gibbon’s History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire What a year was 1776—Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, Gibbon’s Decline and Fall, and of course, the Declaration of Independence. Gibbon’s work is still considered by many to be one of the greatest historical works ever written. Its prose, heavily influenced from the Latin in which Gibbon was immersed fo...
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“REVEALED A STRANGE AND UNKNOWN WORLD, FULL OF EXCITING WONDERS… POINTED THE WAY TO ITS POSSIBILITIES FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT”

LEWIS, Meriwether and CLARK, William. History of the Expedition Under the Command. Philadelphia, 1814. Two volumes.

Exceptionally rare first edition, one of only 1,417 copies printed, of the definitive account of the most important exploration of the North American continent, with the famous large folding map of the course of the expedition and five in-text maps. $250,000.


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“THE MOST IMPORTANT SINGLE WORK IN SCIENCE”

DARWIN, Charles. On the Origin of Species. London, 1859.

Rare first edition of “certainly the most important biological book ever written” (Freeman, 73). The copy of biologist Charles Wyville Thomson, lead scientific officer on the Challenger expedition and a critic of Darwin's views on natural selection. $160,000.


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THE ONLY THEATRICAL WORK CERVANTES EVER PUBLISHED

CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel de. Ocho Comedias. Madrid, 1615.

First edition of Cervantes’ fifth book, his only theatrical work published in his lifetime and published the year before his death. Of extraordinary rarity. $145,000.


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